Easter: Life Comes From Death

Easter means you NEVER have to fear death. Ever. Jesus has done what nobody else has—he’s beaten death itself, so that you and I can have life. Shot on location, experience the Easter story from the place it all happened: Jerusalem.

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    The Jesus Myth.
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    A pilgrimage to the most controversial places on earth,
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    investigating ancient stories of Jesus,
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    separating the myth from the truth
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    and discovering what it means for you today.
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    The third season of Real Encounters with God,
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    all new on location in Israel.
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    New places, new people, new encounters.
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    Real Encounters with God: The Jesus Myth.
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    - Happy Easter.
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    Name is Brian Tome, the senior pastor of Crossroads.
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    It is fantastic to be with you this Easter.
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    It maybe a different Easter than you ever had.
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    Normally you might have passed pastel-y shirts on like I have.
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    I have one on. You don't.
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    But we've still got the daffodils here.
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    And normally you might be going to a building, a church
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    to celebrate your Easter tradition.
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    And that's all up in the wind right now.
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    You're actually in your house hunkered down,
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    some of us hunker down out of fear.
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    You might not realize it, but you might be more true
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    to the original Easter now than ever before.
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    Because when Jesus died,
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    the disciples were hunkered down in their homes
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    out of fear that the authorities would come looking for them next.
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    And what they find is an amazing miracle, actual hope.
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    So as we're hunkered down in our houses,
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    just like the original followers of Jesus were
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    right before Easter took place, so they experienced a miracle.
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    And I think some of us may experience a miracle as well.
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    Before we get to Israel to show you what happened
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    in the actual locations it happened,
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    we're going to connect with God through a song
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    Impossible Miracles through the impossible technology of Zoom.
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    All of our bands have come together to connect
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    and bless us with a song.
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    So let's start off our Easter experience with that right now.
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    Happy Easter.
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    [ music: Impossible Miracles ]
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    - Well, welcome to Easter.
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    My name is Brian Tome. It's great to be with you today.
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    Easter's going to be a little difference.
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    I think we all had dreams of putting on a new little suit
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    or having a new dress on and having lilies and daffodils
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    and all that stuff.
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    And no, no, here we are stuck inside again.
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    But we're gonna have some significant stuff today,
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    I'm confident of it.
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    Hey, if you've got any kids with you,
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    kids are welcome to be part of this,
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    but we also have a Kids' Club YouTube channel.
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    You might want to have them go over there
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    and check that out some place because it could be
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    more in tune with where they are just developmentally wise.
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    They're happy to be with us.
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    Why you're getting them set up with that,
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    why don't you go ahead and get, do some communion elements.
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    Later on today we're going to celebrate communion.
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    That means you need some bread or some crackers
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    and some juice or some wine
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    and just bring that in the room with you.
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    We're going to use that in just a little bit.
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    The big idea today is this: We're going to try to bust a myth.
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    The myth is that death is the end.
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    Actually, death is not the end.
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    Death is actually the beginning of new life.
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    That's what we're going to see and experience today.
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    I've got here in front of me a bunch of things
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    that were living and are pretty much dead.
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    They're on the tree and now they're off the tree.
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    They're in the process of dying.
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    I've got some -- I got some blueberries here.
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    And we're going to make something tasty.
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    I've got some blueberries here. Put some blueberries in.
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    I got some -- I got some grapes here.
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    Those are always good, yummy, yummy grapes.
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    Whoo, I've got stuff going all over the floor.
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    I've got some tangerines.
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    All these things were living.
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    They were on a tree and now they're not.
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    Now they're -- now they're dead.
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    And now they're going to be something different.
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    They're going to become a smoothie
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    that is going to fire me up and give me life.
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    I used to actually do this with actual fish,
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    Bass-a-matic, very, very nasty.
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    Let's see how this looks. [blending]
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    Now, if you go drinking this.
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    Oh, that's good, that's really good.
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    I actually could feel myself having more life.
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    This is what we're going to do today:
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    We're gonna try to evaluate and see
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    how death actually is needed to bring life.
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    I feel more life coming into my body right now. Oh!
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    What an Easter.
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    I'm ready to go run a marathon
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    or do some push ups or something.
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    Happy Easter! Whoo!
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    Well, another metaphor for how we see this
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    is in the making of wine.
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    Let's see how that happens.
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    - Moche.
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    - Hi.
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    - Thanks for having us at your amazing winerey here.
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    Do you mind showing me around?
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    - Yeah, come this way.
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    Now we are bottling all the wine from last year.
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    - Yeah. The wine from this year is in the barrels.
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    I'll show you later.
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    - Moche walks me through the process,
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    which starts with these grapes getting crushed.
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    The life squeezed out of them, literally.
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    Death is the beginning of the winemaking process
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    so that something better can come to life.
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    - This is the barrels. Everything is oak.
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    French, some of them are American barrels, American oak.
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    - God bless America. America even helping you with wine.
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    - Sure.
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    - What's wild is that this is a kosher winery,
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    which means I'm not allowed to touch a single barrel.
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    - Until the moment it's in the bottle,
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    no one can touch the wine.
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    - So I can't touch these right now.
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    - Yeah. Even not me.
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    - I can't touch you.
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    - You can touch me, but not the barrel.
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    Ok, all right. I'm unclean.
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    This is all well and good, but I'm mainly just biding my time
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    until I can actually taste some of this wine.
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    - Okay.
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    - I wasn't expecting a Bachelor episode
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    with an old Jewish winemaker,
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    but I hope he gives me the rose. [laughs]
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    Are we going down this whole bottle together
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    or do you have to work today?
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    - I can work and dring the bottle, but no problem.
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    - There you have it:
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    The best in the business in the Jerusalem area.
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    It's been an honor to be with you.
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    Thank you very, very much.
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    - Thank you. When we drink, we say Lechaim.
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    - Lechaim.
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    - Ok. Beautiful.
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    - Yes, it is.
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    Wine is delicious. Dee-licious.
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    I think we can all agree with that,
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    at least those of us who like wine.
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    Even if you don't like wine, you have to respect the process
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    and also respect the fact that Jesus's first miracle
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    was turning water into wine.
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    I know some people get really freaked out about that,
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    "Oh, no, Jesus making wine," But He did.
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    That's exactly what took place.
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    I'm right here by the vineyard where the very grapes
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    that we just tasted that were so delicious came from these vines.
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    And these vines started because something died.
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    Something died, a seed went into the ground
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    and brought forth these luscious vines.
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    This is the way it works in all of life.
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    We call it the circle of life.
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    It's also the way it works in the spiritual world.
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    For you and I to get to a new place spiritually,
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    something has to die, and specifically, someone has to die.
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    And that person would be Jesus.
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    It's a fact of spiritual growth, death brings forth life.
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    And for us, for us to be able to have spiritual life,
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    there must be the shedding of blood.
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    So Jesus's first miracle is turning water into wine
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    at a celebration.
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    He then goes from here into three years
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    going all around the Galilean region.
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    And then He enters into Jerusalem.
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    And interestingly enough,
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    His last miracle is turning water into wine.
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    He is the living water.
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    And He says when you come together,"Drink My blood.
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    Take of Me," and His disciples, they still don't get it.
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    The last trip of Jesus's life was in the last week of His life
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    when He was making His way to this city:
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    the great and holy city of Jerusalem.
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    This whole journey is about God.
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    It's about Jesus and His pending death.
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    See, the way we get to God is through Jesus's death.
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    It's not through our efforts;
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    It's through Him giving up His life.
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    And when we extract these passages from this journey
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    He's making to this city, we miss it all.
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    The Book of Mark 10:32 and following it says this:
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    James and John follow. They said, "Hey, we want You to do
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    whatever we want You to do for us. That's we want.
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    The audacity of that.
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    And Jesus says, "Um, OK. What do you have for me?"
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    They say, "Well, we want to sit on your right and left."
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    See they think that as Jesus makes his entrance here
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    into this area ruled by Roman kingdom,
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    that Jesus was going to establish His kingdom.
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    They want to be on the right and they want to be on the left.
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    And Jeus says, you really don't know
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    what you're asking for; do you?"
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    "No, we want to." "No, you really don't.
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    Are you able to drink the cup that I've drunk,
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    Or be baptized with what I've been baptized with?"
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    And what is going to be drinking and baptized with is death.
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    It's going to be the elimination of his life.
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    He said, "You may think you want what I want,
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    but you really don't want what I want."
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    Actually, there was somebody to his right and to his left,
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    it wasn't James and John,
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    it was to other people on crosses behind Him.
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    Because as He was raised up,
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    two people beside Him were losing his life as well,
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    except He was losing His life to give life.
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    He was losing his life so you and I could have life.
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    To be clear, James and John would die eventually for their faith.
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    So many early Christ followers did.
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    You and I today, we still need to decide
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    whether or not we want to die.
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    But the truth is, the only way we have that option
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    is because Jesus gave the option because He died for us.
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    It was His life being poured out.
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    Life always comes from death.
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    When there is no death, there cannot be life.
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    And Jesus was very clear in His mind:
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    This journey is about My death.
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    And it could be about your life,
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    but you may have to do some dying as well.
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    We'll get back to Israel in just a moment.
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    We'd love to connect with you. We'd love to pray for you.
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    You can go to Crossroads.net.
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    And we have people who are part of Crossroads community
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    who are tithers, as God blesses us was with resource,
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    we give him the first 10% back to fund and fuel His church.
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    If you've been blessed enough to still be getting a paycheck
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    and this is where you are spiritually,
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    we'd love you to go ahead and do that right now.
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    If you're just wanting to support your church,
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    that would be great.
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    You can go to Crossroads.net/give.
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    It's now Thursday and Jesus and the disciples
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    have rented a room known as The Upper Room
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    where they're going to celebrate the Passover meal.
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    I don't know if you've seen this meme,
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    it's pretty funny of how the disciples
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    might have celebrate the Passover meal
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    if it happened the midst of a Covid-19 crisis
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    with our blessed technology that we have today.
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    It's pretty funny.
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    But in the midst of this, Jesus is trying to help them see
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    there's a transition from their ancient Passover meal
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    that they celebrate as Jews to what's now going
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    to be known as the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist
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    or the mass or communion.
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    And He's doing everything that He can
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    to help them understand that new things are coming.
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    Life is coming.
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    So here we are in The Upper Room.
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    As the GPS coordinates says, this is the place.
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    It's a mishmash building.
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    It's been torn down, rebuilt a bunch of times.
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    It's a high, high tourist destination place.
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    Everyone lays claims that as Christians say,
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    this is, of course, where Jesus had His Last Supper.
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    Ad Muslims, this is significant for them.
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    It's been a mosque before.
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    You can see over here, actually a feature that the Muslims use.
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    It faces south to Saudi Arabia to pray to Mecca.
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    The crusaders have built these arches.
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    It's very -- it's also very, very tense, a very tense environment.
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    You can't worship here, whatever your God is,
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    you can't worship here, because sort of a worship neutral zone
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    because of the tensions here.
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    I don't really like this place.
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    It's legit, but I don't like it,
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    especially with The Upper Room.
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    An upper room should at least have a view.
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    So we're going to talk about The Last Supper,
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    but I don't want to do it here.
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    I can never handle this place very long.
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    Let's get out of here.
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    Ah, much better.
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    This is what we would have looked like,
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    one of the highest points in the city known as Mt. Zion,
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    overlooking the entire temple area.
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    Jesus knows everything is about to go down.
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    It's quiet and it's peaceful.
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    We're here in our makeshift and beautiful upper room.
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    The actual Upper Room is off that way on the hillside,
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    but we're re-creating what it would have looked like
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    when Jesus had His Last Supper with His disciples.
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    This is the Last Supper they would have with Jesus
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    before He was crucified.
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    It is the last traditional supper He would have on planet Earth.
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    They would be like this leaning on their left arm,
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    and everybody sort of shouldered a foot of the next guy
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    and having their right arm to actually work with the elements.
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    How they found this room, we don't really know.
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    But we know wasn't their room; it was a rented room.
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    All the Jews from all the surrounding areas and countries
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    would migrate to Jerusalem, where the temple was,
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    for their high holy holiday,
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    which is still the Jewish high holy holiday,
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    the holiday of Passover.
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    Passover remembers that the nation of Israel
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    was at one point in physical slavery to the Egyptians
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    and God freed them.
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    And the defining, culminating point was
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    when the Angel of Death passed over the Jewish homes.
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    And for the Egyptians homes,
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    they lost their eldest first born son.
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    This was the Passover that brought them freedom.
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    And God told them to celebrate every year
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    what He had done to actually free them.
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    Now there are three elements
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    to the traditional Jewish Passover.
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    If you've ever been with a Jewish family
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    and celebrated Passover, it's really a cool deal.
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    There's a bunch of different elements that they all celebrate.
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    They're all wonderful. They're all really cool.
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    But those things were all added some time much later.
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    We don't know exactly when, second century,
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    third century, fourth century, we don't know.
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    But when the Passover meal was instituted by God
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    way back in the first five books of the Bible,
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    there were three elements that He specifically called out
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    that needed to be present.
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    There was unleavened bread, which we have here right now.
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    Unleavened bread.
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    There was a lamb, and there was bitter herbs.
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    These three things are part of the original
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    and traditional Jewish meal.
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    The disciples come ready to celebrate those elements,
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    but Jesus puts a little bit of twist on it.
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    He flips the script on it, if you will.
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    In the book of Matthew it records it this way:
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    Every one of these things have meaning.
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    The unleavened bread,
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    they've got to take off before it actually rises.
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    We celebrate communion with different modes of bread.
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    Theirs was specifically unleavened bread.
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    There is bitter herbs.
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    They are to remember, it was bitter when us
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    and our countrymen, our forefathers were in slavery.
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    It was bitter.
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    And then the lamb, the lamb had the blood
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    that we smeared over our doorway
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    so that the Angel of Death passed over.
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    Jesus flips the script on all of these things.
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    The bread is going to be Himself.
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    So he says, "Remember me, my body broken for you."
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    He is actually the lamb that's present,
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    the very lamb of God that's there
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    to take away the sin of the world. He's the lamb.
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    And instead of talking about bitter herbs,
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    he talks about the wine.
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    The wine is to signify His blood
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    that's going to be spilled on a cross.
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    And the wine is also bitter.
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    Whenever I have communion, whenever I can,
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    I love to have it with actual real deal legit wine.
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    For some of us, it's not a good idea if you
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    to have alcohol in any way, shape, or form at any time.
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    But for myself, I prefer to have wine over juice
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    because when I have wine, it's bittersweet.
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    It's bitter, but it's also sweet.
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    It's bitter that the Jesus
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    would brutally and horrifically die for me.
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    It's bitter.
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    I don't want to think about God, my Savior,
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    dying for me in that awful way.
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    At the same time, there's a sweetness to it
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    because He has died, I can have freedom.
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    I can have spiritual freedom.
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    Communion isn't just about remembering that
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    Jesus shed his blood and died on the Cross for me.
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    I celebrate that. I celebrate the Cross
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    because of what it does for me; It brings me freedom.
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    Is there anybody out there that needs freedom?
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    Because that's what is here with these elements.
  • 00:23:47
    That's what's here with Easter: Freedom.
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    Is there anybody out there that needs freedom from addiction?
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    Hello? Anybody?
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    Is there anybody out there that needs freedom
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    from your judgmentalism,
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    freedom from your awful thoughts you can't get over?
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    How about freedom from your dysfunction junction family of freedom?
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    Come on now, I know I got somebody's name out there.
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    Come on.
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    Is there anybody who needs freedom from the fear
  • 00:24:12
    that our political system infuses into us?
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    Is there anybody out there that needs freedom
  • 00:24:18
    from the memory of the bad choices that we've had?
  • 00:24:20
    I could go on and on, friends.
  • 00:24:22
    On top of all that, freedom from the coronavirus,
  • 00:24:27
    freedom from the fear of the coronavirus,
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    freedom from the repercussions coming out of the coronavirus
  • 00:24:35
    and what is in all likelihood the greatest,
  • 00:24:38
    most intense event of our lifetime.
  • 00:24:41
    I don't know about you, but I need freedom,
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    I want freedom.
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    Jesus has come to set me free.
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    When I celebrate these things,
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    I'm celebrating that He is my freedom giver.
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    The disciples didn't fully understand all this.
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    We can understand this looking back.
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    They didn't understand this in this moment,
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    but we understand it.
  • 00:25:01
    After they celebrate their Passover,
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    after Jesus flips the script,
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    they then head off to the Garden of Gethsemane.
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    The disciples are still struggling to understand
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    the macro picture.
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    Gethsemane means place of pressing.
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    Jesus is about to get pressed.
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    Jesus leaves the safety of the city.
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    He hikes across a valley and He goes so common meet-up spot,
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    which is known as the Garden of Gethsemane.
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    It's night. It's off season. It's empty.
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    And Jesus feels stress.
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    Olives are worthwhile when they're pressed.
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    When they're pressed, the oil comes out.
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    Jesus is being pressed and stuff is coming out of Him.
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    He feels stress.
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    You feel stress.
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    I feel stress.
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    John 18 says:
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    So the guards come and they come loaded for bear.
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    They've got torches, they've got weapons.
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    They are ready to get rid of this guy who's been a troublemaker.
  • 00:26:32
    The only problem is they've been sent to do this job,
  • 00:26:35
    but they're a bit nervous about it.
  • 00:26:37
    You see, people have referred to Jesus as Elijah,
  • 00:26:40
    the second coming of Elijah, this Old Testament prophet.
  • 00:26:43
    And one time guys came to arrest him
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    and God sent fire down and devoured them.
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    So they actually fall on their faces,
  • 00:26:52
    the scriptures say, out of fear.
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    They don't know, is that going to happen to them?
  • 00:26:56
    Is their life going to be over?
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    Is the ground going to swallow them up?
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    And once they find that nothing happens,
  • 00:27:03
    then they regather their sensibilities and they come after Him.
  • 00:27:10
    Now, when they come after Jim,
  • 00:27:13
    this is where we see the character of the disciples.
  • 00:27:15
    Some disciples scatter. They're all freaked out.
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    But there's one disciple
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    who regularly is doing the aggressive thing.
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    It's Peter and Peter actually grabs a sword that he brought.
  • 00:27:26
    He brings this sword and he comes up to one guard
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    and he takes a headshot, wham, the guy glances
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    and it slices him on the side of the head
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    and takes off his ear.
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    This ear falls down the ground and Jesus reaches down.
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    He picks up the ear and He slaps it back on his head.
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    You see, Peter thinks that he's protecting Jesus.
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    He thinks that he's there to take
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    the blood of the enemies of Jesus.
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    But what he doesn't fully realize is that Jesus is here
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    to give His blood for everybody, including his enemies.
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    Jesus is taken away.
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    He's arrested, he's tried,
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    he's beaten, he's spat upon,
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    and they take him to a place called Golgotha,
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    the place of the skull,
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    a place where He will spill His blood
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    and be crushed on a wooden cross.
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    [music: Conquered Grave]
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    Today, Golgotha, that site is known
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    as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
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    If you were with us and the very first episode
  • 00:31:52
    of this season of Real Encounters,
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    I told a story about Helena.
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    Helena was the mother of Constantine.
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    When Constantine had power and he brought Christendom
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    to the Roman kingdom, Helena had it as a calling on her life,
  • 00:32:07
    she believed to preserve these places in the Middle East
  • 00:32:11
    where people believed and knew that this is where Jesus was.
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    This place, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher,
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    is something that she set up in the 300s
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    because she saw people were there worshipping,
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    people there connecting.
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    She could see the literal hill where He was crucified.
  • 00:32:29
    She could see the literal tomb where He was placed.
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    And she had that carved all out and memorialized it
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    right on top with this beautiful church,
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    or at least it was beautiful to them back then.
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    Some of us don't think it's that beautiful,
  • 00:32:44
    but it is very, very historic and very significant.
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    This is the place where Jesus was crucified, died, and buried.
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    It's very, very rare what you're about to see.
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    The people who are making pilgrimage to this place
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    and like no one gets in here.
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    We're gonna go down to the very foundations
  • 00:33:09
    of this church that has a pretty impressive story.
  • 00:33:16
    - That time they are making baptism from here.
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    - Really?
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    - People would be baptized in there. Wow.
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    - This one is same at Golgotha.
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    - Golgotha, right.
  • 00:33:30
    - Yeah, they went, come here.
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    This stone, this writing, "God, we came."
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    - "God, we came."
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    - From the 2nd century.
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    Did you catch that?
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    The inscription reads, God, we came from the 2nd century.
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    That's pre-Helena. This site's legit.
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    It's written in the rock.
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    This is the place where Jesus died and was buried.
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    - The hill was climbing from the east up to the west
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    outside the city walls, so
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    and probably a road was leaving the city from that side.
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    So of course, if you crucified people,
  • 00:34:12
    anyone would see them.
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    And it was also too by Romans, it was to threat people,
  • 00:34:16
    "Don't mess with us."
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    Anyone imagine how humiliating it is to be naked on a cross
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    when all the people of the city,
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    whenever they go out and in, they see you up there.
  • 00:34:26
    - It's pretty rare to be down here; isn't it?
  • 00:34:29
    - Yeah. As you could see, no one gets here.
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    It's very rare. We want to thank the Father that was here
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    and was opening.
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    So they were opening specifically for us.
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    The gate, it is locked always.
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    And we're able to go all the way down below
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    to see the original parts of that church
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    and everything of that history that was here.
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    - So we thought about doing pilgrimage, I mean,
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    you're actually doing a pilgrimage right now
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    that you couldn't do if you even came here physically.
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    - We're very thankful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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    There's another first century tomb in this church
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    just a few feet from the Tomb of Christ.
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    It's very similar to how Jesus's tomb would look,
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    very similar to the place that His body was placed
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    after He was crucified.
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    After Jesus was crucified, hHe was taken and put in a tomb.
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    I'm in an actual tomb right on the downside of Golgotha,
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    that's 50 feet away from where Jesus was.
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    When Helena, the mother of Constantine,
  • 00:35:38
    came into the Middle East to memorialize
  • 00:35:41
    these ancient sites where actual events took place,
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    she unfortunately chiseled out all the rock around the quarry
  • 00:35:49
    and had to make a little room where you can go
  • 00:35:51
    and see as the GPS coordinate is,
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    where Jesus was placed in the tomb.
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    It's kind of a bummer.
  • 00:35:56
    You lose the whole feel of what it was like.
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    But just 50 feet away from that spot,
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    here we are in a tomb that would have been very similar
  • 00:36:05
    to the one that Jesus was put in.
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    All the blood that's taken out of Him.
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    His body is wrapped.
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    It's rapped because Joseph of Arimathea
  • 00:36:21
    goes and gets a shroud and wraps it around Him
  • 00:36:26
    before Joseph of Arimathea places Him inside of his tomb,
  • 00:36:31
    Joseph's tomb, a family tomb that he had bought.
  • 00:36:34
    This was a bloody situation,
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    taking somebody off of a cross, preparing them for burial.
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    Blood would have been flowing like wine,
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    metaphorically and literally speaking.
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    His blood was coming out of Him so that the stuff
  • 00:36:52
    in your life and my life could come out of us.
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    The blood is His life. It's coming out of Him.
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    Your life and my life have things that needs to come out of us:
  • 00:37:03
    Our rebelliousness, our addictions, our affairs,
  • 00:37:10
    our greediness, our selfishness,
  • 00:37:15
    our massaging of our public profile to get more glory for ourselves,
  • 00:37:20
    our tainting of the facts
  • 00:37:22
    to make things work out for us all the time.
  • 00:37:25
    These are all sins that need to come out of us.
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    And Jesus took our sins on Him
  • 00:37:33
    and His blood came out of Him.
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    The thing that you can't kick, these things I talk about,
  • 00:37:38
    the thing that you can't kick, He kicked.
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    The thing that you can't get over, He got over for us.
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    He was our representative. He was us on the cross.
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    That's an amazing and amazing truth, friends,
  • 00:37:52
    that you don't have to worry about
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    getting all that stuff out of your life on your own,
  • 00:37:56
    that Jesus has gotten it out on your behalf.
  • 00:38:00
    Wrap him up, they place Him in the tomb.
  • 00:38:23
    I've actually never been in a stone tomb before,
  • 00:38:27
    any tomb, for that matter, let alone one
  • 00:38:31
    that was 50 feet away from where Christ was placed.
  • 00:38:40
    It's a pretty, pretty intense feeling,
  • 00:38:43
    just imagining Joseph placing Him in here, His family
  • 00:38:52
    knowing that they would not see His physical body again,
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    placed in the tomb, so they thought, forever.
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    And then a stone being rolled away to seal the tomb,
  • 00:39:08
    they thought, forever.
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    - The world turns to darkness,
  • 00:39:23
    eclipsed by my sorrow.
  • 00:39:25
    Panic takes its grip and I can't see tomorrow
  • 00:39:30
    and all sense of safety has betrayed me.
  • 00:39:32
    I'm fading.
  • 00:39:34
    Hollow thoughts arrest me.
  • 00:39:36
    Resolve has left me for dead.
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    Yet there is a strength in me that makes itself known.
  • 00:39:44
    Speaking tenacity from my shaking bones
  • 00:39:48
    and the spirit in me that yet remains.
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    So I rise.
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    Yet I face fears impossible to fathom.
  • 00:39:57
    My stomach churns.
  • 00:39:59
    Yearnings clamor for escape from this
  • 00:40:02
    anxiety sweats like blood through my skin.
  • 00:40:06
    Friends brand me nemesis.
  • 00:40:08
    Where is the end to this?
  • 00:40:11
    I'm lost in confusion.
  • 00:40:13
    The bruises of love, the hardest to understand.
  • 00:40:16
    I'm a broken man, cooling for release.
  • 00:40:20
    Yet beneath my cries is a spirit that digs deep,
  • 00:40:25
    grits its teeth, finds a way through the calamity
  • 00:40:29
    to take my hand and lift me to rise.
  • 00:40:34
    Yet I am cut by this life,
  • 00:40:37
    flayed by the wounds of living,
  • 00:40:39
    unforgiving like whip cracks tearing up my soul.
  • 00:40:43
    Where are the days when my confidence took hold?
  • 00:40:47
    When I was surrounded by high esteem?
  • 00:40:49
    Now my status burned to ash in the breeze
  • 00:40:53
    and I lose my sense of self
  • 00:40:55
    and opinions turn against me in scorn
  • 00:40:58
    and everything I've worked for is torn.
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    I'm wandering through wastelands
  • 00:41:04
    full of torment and aching,
  • 00:41:06
    crying why am I forsaken? When will this end?
  • 00:41:09
    Yet inside me is a roar.
  • 00:41:13
    Raging is the lion
  • 00:41:15
    and my inner core burns defiant.
  • 00:41:18
    I will not be defined by the violence and lies.
  • 00:41:22
    I will wrap myself in fire and rise.
  • 00:41:28
    Yet loneliness blinds my eyes and smites me
  • 00:41:31
    and my feelings are thrown like dice to the flame
  • 00:41:35
    and those I love indite me with blame.
  • 00:41:38
    And I am led to places I don't want to go.
  • 00:41:41
    My dignity is turned to affliction.
  • 00:41:43
    My name rewritten as fiction.
  • 00:41:46
    I am wrapped in the grave clothes of discontentment
  • 00:41:50
    and life's disappointments cling like shrouds.
  • 00:41:54
    This world breaks me with its pressures,
  • 00:41:56
    its impossible standards,
  • 00:41:58
    it's never ending demands full of false crowns and malice.
  • 00:42:03
    And this life hangs me up until I'm derelict,
  • 00:42:07
    done with its taunting, its jeering.
  • 00:42:10
    It's never enough.
  • 00:42:12
    Yet there is one still comes with beating wings
  • 00:42:17
    inflamed in heaven's furious light
  • 00:42:19
    that tears the veil between love and I
  • 00:42:23
    lifts me from defeat in the midst of my cries,
  • 00:42:27
    stands me back on my feet to rise.
  • 00:42:31
    See, there is a voice still in me.
  • 00:42:34
    You won't break me down.
  • 00:42:36
    I'll sing louder than derision.
  • 00:42:38
    My song won't be drowned.
  • 00:42:40
    I'll take the silence of my prison.
  • 00:42:43
    fill it with the sound of living.
  • 00:42:46
    It is here in my burn out, here in my weakness
  • 00:42:50
    here in the end of me that I find victory
  • 00:42:55
    there is power in my hands that you can't take from me.
  • 00:42:59
    It is love, it is life, it is hope, it is peace.
  • 00:43:04
    See you can break my body,
  • 00:43:06
    you can shatter my vision
  • 00:43:08
    from this hell where I've been driven
  • 00:43:10
    I will love you in to the passions of heaven.
  • 00:43:14
    I won't give in to hate.
  • 00:43:16
    I'm stronger than that.
  • 00:43:18
    When you shame me, I will dress you in forgiveness.
  • 00:43:22
    I will travel the distance you've caused between us
  • 00:43:25
    and love you and love you until you listen
  • 00:43:29
    to the conviction that rises forever in me.
  • 00:43:32
    It is the sound of the free.
  • 00:43:35
    It is deeper than the grave.
  • 00:43:37
    It is greater than defeat
  • 00:43:39
    flows fuller than the weeping
  • 00:43:41
    when all else is beaten, I rise.
  • 00:43:45
    I rise.
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    I rise to new life.
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    Come with me.
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    [music: Conquered Grave]
  • 00:47:52
    - After Jesus is put in the tomb, the disciples
  • 00:47:56
    and other followers retreat to The Upper Room
  • 00:48:00
    and they hunkered down there for a little bit
  • 00:48:01
    because they're scared, they're not sure what happens next.
  • 00:48:05
    Their hopes and dreams have been dashed.
  • 00:48:08
    And they've got to hunker down because they can't move
  • 00:48:09
    because the Sabbath is happening.
  • 00:48:11
    That's Saturday for Jews and they're just there.
  • 00:48:14
    And then once Sunday comes, they can get out and moving about,
  • 00:48:18
    the first ones to go to the tomb are the women.
  • 00:48:21
    They go to pay their respects, put flowers there,
  • 00:48:23
    whenever they want to do.
  • 00:48:24
    And surprise, surprise, there's no body there.
  • 00:48:29
    They come back and they tell the rest of disciples
  • 00:48:33
    who are hanging out in the room.
  • 00:48:34
    Now, right here, we've got to recognize this is
  • 00:48:36
    one of the reasons why I believe the Resurrection is true.
  • 00:48:38
    The Bible is recording history.
  • 00:48:41
    And if it was trying to say something
  • 00:48:43
    that was a lie to help you and I believe it was a lie
  • 00:48:45
    they wouldn't say that women went to the tomb first.
  • 00:48:48
    Women weren't accepted in a court of law.
  • 00:48:51
    Women go there and it was recorded, because they were -
  • 00:48:54
    that's just the truth. That's just what happened.
  • 00:48:56
    They come back and they tell the disciples,
  • 00:49:00
    and Peter and John the first ones out. Boom. They go.
  • 00:49:03
    It's kind of funny, if you read the book of John,
  • 00:49:05
    John make sure that he points out that he got there before Peter.
  • 00:49:09
    He's a faster runner than Peter.
  • 00:49:11
    They get there and sure enough, stone's rolled away.
  • 00:49:15
    There's there's -- no there's no body in there.
  • 00:49:17
    They come running back and they're going, "What?
  • 00:49:19
    What what is going on? I don't understand this."
  • 00:49:21
    And the first wave of women,
  • 00:49:23
    one of them was Mary Magdalene.
  • 00:49:25
    The disciples have not put two and two together.
  • 00:49:27
    They're not expecting Jesus to come back from the dead.
  • 00:49:30
    Mary Magdalene is grieving, she's weeping.
  • 00:49:33
    She's thinking someone stole the body probably,
  • 00:49:35
    or how awful this is.
  • 00:49:37
    A gardener comes up and she doesn't realize it,
  • 00:49:40
    the gardener is Jesus.
  • 00:49:42
    Again, early disciples not expecting this.
  • 00:49:46
    There is Jesus; she gets it.
  • 00:49:48
    Again and again and again, the Bible paints the disciples
  • 00:49:51
    as these people who are a bit thick, a bit weak, stupid, selfish.
  • 00:49:56
    And we see a bit of these things right here in this scene.
  • 00:50:00
    And yet something happens to change them.
  • 00:50:03
    What is that?
  • 00:50:04
    It's the presence, the physical presence of Jesus.
  • 00:50:07
    He comes into The Upper Room
  • 00:50:10
    and it puts this way in the book of John:
  • 00:50:46
    The doors are locked and Jesus appears. Ta-da!
  • 00:50:49
    That is really weird, man. It's just like --
  • 00:50:53
    This is where he says, "Peace be with you."
  • 00:50:54
    A little bit of humor there, like, "Peace be with you,"
  • 00:50:57
    like, "I know I'm freaking you out, but peace be with you."
  • 00:50:59
    How does he get in there?
  • 00:51:01
    I don't know what the metaphysical realities are,
  • 00:51:03
    if He's come back physically
  • 00:51:04
    and somehow He gets into a locked room.
  • 00:51:05
    There's some things we just can't understand.
  • 00:51:08
    What I know is He shows up, lays out the plan,
  • 00:51:12
    and He says to them, "I want to give you my peace
  • 00:51:15
    that will last forever," and he breathes on him.
  • 00:51:18
    He goes (gasps).
  • 00:51:22
    "My peace, I leave with you."
  • 00:51:24
    When He breathes on them,
  • 00:51:25
    they feel the sensation on their face
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    and the Holy Spirit fills them.
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    No longer is the Spirit of God out, about,
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    in the temple or someplace, it is possessing them,
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    it is inside of them.
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    And this is when all heaven breaks loose. Things change.
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    These guys go from previously being depicted
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    as weak, being competitive with one another,
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    being back biters with one another,
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    being thick, not understanding things,
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    not working together as a team.
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    They go from this motley crew of people that just look like they've got major issues, because they do,
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    to then when they receive Jesus,
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    they receive the Holy Spirit, everything changes.
  • 00:52:11
    They start working together,
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    they aren't into their own ego anymore.
  • 00:52:14
    They're not just not cowardly, they're downright courageous.
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    They get on boats and they go all over the world
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    talking about who Jesus is.
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    And just about all of them are going to lose their lives painfully.
  • 00:52:30
    And Jesus still does this today.
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    Jesus still sends His Holy Spirit to fill people
  • 00:52:37
    who would receive Him today. And we change.
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    We go from being addicted to not being addicted,
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    to not having the strength
  • 00:52:46
    to go through an addiction process, to becoming free.
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    No matter who we are, no matter where we live,
  • 00:52:52
    we go from fearful to being bold.
  • 00:52:55
    We go from aimless to having a vision.
  • 00:52:58
    We go from having hang ups to having clarity.
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    Life changes because Jesus changed.
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    Friends, He's still in the business of changing lives.
  • 00:53:09
    He's still in the business of wanting to change your life.
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    We have to believe that Jesus's death brings life.
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    And He left us with a reminder.
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    Earlier on, we said to get some bread
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    and some wine or some juice.
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    We're gonna celebrate communion right now.
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    We really wanted to be able to do this in room live,
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    but because of our situation, this is the best we can do.
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    And you know what? It's good enough for you
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    because God still moves through this ancient sacrament.
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    Jesus took the bread,
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    and you can take your bread,
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    and He broke it and he said,
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    "This bread is My body broken for you.
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    Whenever you gather together, take it and remember,
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    because I've been squashed. I've been broken.
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    I've been killed for you."
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    The body of Christ. Take and eat.
  • 00:54:27
    Then He took the cup.
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    He said, "This wine is the blood of a new covenant
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    that's shed for you.
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    Whenever you gather together, drink of the wine
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    and remember My death for you."
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    The blood of Christ shed for you.
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    Take and drink.
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    It's good, it's good to do something
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    that ties into ancient followers of Christ,
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    that ties in to the most powerful amazing story
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    that's ever taken place.
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    And it's true and it's still alive today
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    affecting normal people like you and I.
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    Hey, let me pray for you right now. All right.
  • 00:55:28
    God, I thank you for every life that's been with us today.
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    I thank you for how you're bringing life to lives right now.
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    I know some of us have some dying to do,
  • 00:55:39
    some of us have some things we're going to shed away from us.
  • 00:55:41
    But we can look to You and we're thankful for
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    the model You've given us and the life that You've given us.
  • 00:55:45
    God, what we've just done says that You have forgiven,
  • 00:55:50
    You've washed us clean, You've washed it away.
  • 00:55:52
    Help us to live with that in all confidence
  • 00:55:56
    and all boldness.
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    You're good and we thank You for communion.
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    We thank You for Your Son.
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    We thank You for Easter. Amen.
  • 01:06:32
    - The best part is that Easter isn't over.
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    This is just the beginning.
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    And next week, going to pick up with the final episode
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    of our series.
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    In the meantime, if generosity
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    is a regular spiritual discipline of yours,
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    go to Crossroads.net/give.
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    And if you're looking for something different to stream,
  • 01:06:49
    why don't you check out Phantom Lake?
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    It's a production we did.
  • 01:06:52
    It's a little bit of a different ethnic,
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    but I think you'll find it really interesting
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    and maybe even inspiring.
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    We'll see you next week. Happy Easter.
  • 01:07:03
    - I'm trying to lead these people someplace,
  • 01:07:05
    not just to Phantom Lake, but someplace in their life.
  • 01:07:08
    I'm seeing some breakthroughs.
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    That's what looks like the lead,
  • 01:07:16
    to be taking people where they don't want to go.
  • 01:07:19
    From this point out, I'm your contact.
  • 01:07:24
    There's a destination where God wants to take you to.
  • 01:07:27
    Not everyone here is going to get there.
  • 01:07:31
    It will be the hardest riding you will have done in your life.
  • 01:07:33
    - Patti down, Patti down! Oh, God. Patti's down. Oh, Lord Jesus.

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Welcome to the Weekend Follow Up.

  1. This Easter looked a little different than we’re used to. Share how you celebrated with your group. How was it special, even being quarantine-approved? Did you miss anything from how you’d usually celebrate?

  2. Whether you heard the Easter story for the 100th time or the first time, what was something that struck you in a new way?

  3. This story is all about Jesus dying a gruesome death, so that we can have a full life through a relationship with Him. It’s all about grace, forgiveness, redemption, and reconciliation. What is easy for you to believe about the Easter story and what is hard to believe?

  4. Jesus’s resurrection brought power for us to have new life. Where do you want renewal and new life personally?

  5. Jesus brings new life. It’s freely given, but it’s a bold act to claim it. The good news is that it’s easy to do. Read John 11:25-26 out loud. Identify one way you can live believing in Jesus tangibly. And that might mean coming into a relationship with Him. Talk to your group about that or chat with us at crossroads.net. We’d love to talk to you.

  6. Just like Jesus, we’re going to pray together. Take time to pray for each group member and focus on where he or she wants to see renewal.

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